Another question for the smart children. What are the name of four cardinal virtues, sometimes called the natural virtues? Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. You have all heard of these before in your Catechism class.
How many of you have ever seen a relay race? You know how they run. Two teams of four are in it. Once man runs the distance, then another takes up from there and so on. The first team across the line wins.
There were once two schools which ran against each other in a relay race. They were Gate of Heaven school and Hellbent Hall. The Coach of Gate of Heaven school was Christ. The coach of Hellbent Hall was Satan. Here is the way the names of runners appeared on the program.
Gate of Heaven School Hellbent Hall
Harry Heedcoach Humphrey Headstrong
Peter Playfair Percy Playfoul
Frank Fearless Ferdinand Fraidycat
Tom Trainright Terry Tippler
The race began. Harry Heedcoach was prudent. He followed his coach’s orders. Humphrey Headstrong did it his own way. He would n to listen to inst5ructions. Gate of Heaven won the first lap. Percy Playfair ran well, but Percy Playfoul tried to trip him. Hellbent was disqualified on the second lap for foul play. Frank Fearless blessed himself before his turn came. Ferdinand Fraidycat was so afraid people would think him a sissy that he took off his Miraculous Medal in the locker room. Frank ran away with the third lap. Tom Trainright was off like a flash and came in ten yards ahead of Terry Tippler, who had been drinking the night before just to ease his nerves. So Gate of Heaven won and Hellbent was beaten.
Now can you recognize the runners for Gate of Heaven? I’ll give you a hint. Harry Heedcoach was prudent. He followed the coach’s orders. Who is Peter Playfair? I’ll give you another hint. Percy Playfoul was unjust. That makes Peter, justice. Frank Fearless? Fortitude. Tom Trainright? Temperance. The team from Hellbent Hall are the opposite vices. Imprudence, injustice, cowardice, and excess.
You task for this week is to memorize these four virtues. Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance. You must have these virtues before you make your souls like unto Christ. We must have what is natural before we come to the supernatural. The natural virtues are like the four cornerstones of a house. The rest is built on them. You can’t imagine a person being a very good Catholic who prayed all day and then went out and stole, could you? If you want your souls to beat Satan in the race of life put these boys on your team: Harry Heedcoach or prudence; Peter Playfair or justice; Frank Fearless or Fortitude; and Tom Trainright or temperance.
~ “Heavenwords,” Imprimatur 1947 ~